How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask lwpat Your Own Question
lwpat, Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 25387
Experience:  Actively practicing trial attorney
Type Your Legal Question Here...
lwpat is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Hello - My Aunt Shirley passed away last month, and I (her

This answer was rated:

Hello - My Aunt Shirley passed away last month, and I (her niece) carried out her final wishes and am sorting out how to handle the final expenses and payment of debts remaining. There were no funds left after the long-term confinement due to Alzheimer's Disease, so my question is in regards XXXXX XXXXX remaining doctors bills and one credit card balance of $800. Since I am handling here affairs and had her Power of Attorney while she was living, am I obligated to pay these expenses from my funds?? There is no surviving spouse or child, and there was no estate to administer. If there is no obligation to pay from my personal funds, how do I handle the notification of these debt holders? If I make a single payment to hold off late payment fees (in case I am liable), does that lock me into an otherwise unnecessary legal agreement? Thank you for your help.
Thank you for posting your question to JA/Pearl. Legal questions often take time for research or I may be offline so please be patient, I will reply.

I am glad to confirm that what you have been told is correct, you are not in any way liable for her remaining bills. You would simply send the creditor a copy of the death certificate and notify them that there is no estate. To prevent harassing phone calls you may want to temporarily use a post office box and not give them your full name or either have your phone unlisted.
lwpat and 2 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Thank you very, very much!!!!